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Pontiac Ventura

Pontiac Ventura: Cleaning Up the Excess

72 Pontiac VenturaIn the 1950s, bigger was better. When it came to cars, this meant more chrome, more fins, more room, and more design. In 1959, the “bigger is better” theory of car design reached a pinnacle when the Cadillac Eldorado hit showroom floors. Imagine a bubble-gum pink Cadillac with altitudinous tail fins, juicy white-wall tires, pointy bullet tail lights, wide smiling grill, and shiny silver chrome. The car is in the same design class as the froufrou pink bridesmaid dress, the heavily frosted wedding cake, and the bleach-blonde beehive hairdo. There wasn’t much else that could be added to this frilly automobile (or to the other overly designed items). After 1959, car design could not get any bigger (unless you count “The Homer” from The Simpsons fame).

1952 Kaiser Manhattan

Between the years 1947 and 1955, an independent auto company, produced a vehicle which exuded the elegance and sophistication of one from the much larger, more established automotive companies. This was a feat which was and is often seemingly impossible. The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was formed in 1945, and production began only two years later. The Kaiser Manhattan gave customers surprising fuel economy and roomy seats, but it was reasonably affordable as well. Let’s take a look at the 1952 Kaiser Manhattan to find out more about this great classic car.

1957 Pontiac Bonneville

1957 Pontiac Bonneville: In the late 1950s, the Pontiac division of General Motors rolled out a model that, for most, was an unexpected candidate to be one of the fastest cars of the times. The Pontiac Bonneville was introduced in 1957, and its specifications grabbed the attention of its competitors and potential buyers alike. At the time, it was the fastest car Pontiac had produced up to that point, which made this particular model that much more noticeable.

Mercury Monterey

Mercury Montery: mercury monteryIn the post-war years as the Baby Boomers were starting to walk and talk, the Ford Motor Company was working to fill the huge demands of growing families across the United States. The Mercury division of Ford rolled out the Mercury Monterey, a full- size car model. Though the name and concept of the vehicle began two years before its official debut as its own series, the Monterey was introduced in 1952. Both a convertible and a four-door  sedan version were available in the first model year.

Oldsmobile F-88

Oldsmobile F-88: Aptly dubbed one of the “10 Coolest Cars” by a popular blog site, Oddee, the Oldsmobile F-88 certainly fit the 1950s-era General Motors idea to build the automobiles of the future. Sometimes, this meant that cars featured Space Age inspired gauges, while others had a cool copper metallic sheen that could easily provoke thoughts of a new age outer space gadget.

1953 Buick Super

Buick Super: Today, not much in the way of auto companies remains in the heart of Michigan. Back in the day, though, it was the place to go, whether you were looking to start life anew with a new job or hoping to visit a sort of mecca for car manufacturers all over the country. In the early 1950s, as the post-war economy boomed and brought consumers out in flocks to purchase everything from new kitchen appliances and the homes to put them in, all the way to new cars. Buick was ready and taking full advantage of their new-found buying power.

The Lincoln Premiere

The combination of rarity, age, and original quality are all important factors to consider when you are looking for a classic American car, but you have to include the fun factor as well. Do you really like the car? Would you enjoy owning it and driving it, and could you picture it being the car you may have driven if you were around during the time when it was current? These are important things to consider as well, and depending on your personal taste, the Lincoln Premiere is a car that has a lot to offer on just about every one of these points.

Britain’s Volkswagen Beetle: The Morris Minor

Once called “Britain’s Volkswagen Beetle”, the Morris Minor was one of Britain’s and Morris Motor Companies most successful vehicles.  More than 1.3 million were manufactured.  The Minor was a British economy car that was designed to combine the luxury and convenience of a good motor car with a price that was affordable to the working class.

A Look At Classic Car Commercials

Television commercials from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s had a certain charm that today’s commercials could never match even despite the slickness of their modern-day sheen. It is interesting to take a look back at these commercials for a look at the advertising styles of the day, as well as to get a glimpse into the demographics of the time. It is especially telling in the world of car advertisements, as old commercials help to indicate how manufacturers were attempting to position their cars in the marketplace.

Ferruccio Lamborghini And The Beginnings Of Lamborghini

Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini had amassed considerable wealth by the early 1950s. As an automotive connoisseur and a skilled mechanic, Lamborghini naturally sought out the finest cars available with his newfound fortune. In the early 1950s, Lamborghini owned a variety of top-notch automobiles, including Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes Benz’s and Jaguars. Although fine cars, they were not up to Lamborghini’s high standards, which led him to Maranello to pay Enzo Ferrari a visit.